Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Full (Almost) Face Of Glossier

I've been wanting to write this post since I came back from New York seven months ago but several things put me off until now. The primary reason I haven't written about most of the Glossier products I bought yet is that until recently it was unavailable (or should I say difficult to access) for the majority of people who read my blog. Now that the brand has launched in the UK I feel like it's okay for me to write about the products because, although they still don't ship to Ireland, it has become a lot more accessible through third party delivery services such as Parcel Motel and Address Pal

Another reason is that I wanted to order a few more products to try out so that I could do a full (almost) face of Glossier products. They don't have a mascara yet, so I had to use my Benefit Rollerball. Everything I used was bought in New York with the exception of Haloscope in Quartz, Cloud Paint in Dusk and a repurchase of Boy Brow (which I have already reviewed in full here). 


The first product I used is the Perfecting Skin Tint in Light. I wasn't actually going to buy this when I first visited the showroom but I tried it out on my hand and was intrigued by the concept so I decided to get it. Glossier claims that the Skin Tint is an "imperceptible wash of colour...evens out discolouration and leaves your face looking toned, smooth and dewy". The formula is thin and breathable and as easy to use as a moisturiser. They say that it won't "hide your freckles, spackle your pores, or erase any evidence that you are, in fact, human". I must admit that I was sceptical at first, I wasn't sure if I'd like it despite being a big fan of light coverage foundations. But I love that the intention with this product is to give just a tint of colour and even everything out but still allowing the skin's texture to shine through. You can see below my bare skin on the left and two thin layers of skin tint on the right and just how little difference there is. However there is a difference. It still looks like my skin, but just a little more even toned. I happened to be having a good skin day when I took these photos and I have to admit, if I was suffering with breakouts I would probably opt for slightly more coverage. I completely understand that a lot of people are quite self conscious about their skin and I know when I have breakouts, all I want to do is cover them up. But on a daily basis when I'm happy with my skin, this is really all the coverage I want and need.

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The formula is very thin and water based so you have to shake the bottle before application. The texture allows for multiple layers and that will give some extra coverage but without feeling in any way heavy. I went for the lightest shade, there is five in total so not a great selection, however I think that because the formula is so sheer, they could adapt to several shades lighter or darker. If you want to buy it but aren't sure of your shade, there is a shade finder option on the Glossier site so that if you upload a photo they will shade match you as best they can. The packaging is plastic and travel friendly and it really is as easy to use as a moisturiser. It's dark every morning when I get ready for work at the moment and when I wear this I don't have to worry about messing it up because it's so fool proof once the shade you're using isn't too far off your skin tone.

I honestly love the Perfecting Skin Tint, however the word "perfecting" is misleading because I think with this light of a coverage you're never going to perfect your skin. But perfection is subjective and although my skin isn't perfect by most peoples standards, I'm really happy with it and it'll never look as good as it does right now so why cover it up with heavy foundations that hide my pores and the texture of my skin. It's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, you'll either love this or hate it, I know a lot of people don't like it but for the very reason I love it. It's £20/$26 so it's not very expensive but it's not cheap either so if you aren't happy with your skin and prefer medium to full coverage, this is definitely not going to be for you. 


To finish off my complexion, I used the Stretch Concealer under my eyes and anywhere I felt I needed a little more coverage which actually wasn't anywhere on this particular day as my skin was behaving itself. This seems to be another polarising product. Personally, I love it. The texture is unlike any other potted concealer I've used. It's been developed with micro waxes so that it doesn't look dry or cakey. It contains avocado and jojoba oils and cocoa butter to nourish the skin and promote elasticity and give a dewy finish. It also contains adaptable mineral pigments so although it only comes in five shades, they are very easily adaptable to many different skin tones. 

I know a lot of people use this in lieu of a foundation because it's so creamy and easy to apply and blend and gives such a beautiful, natural finish to the skin but offers a bit more coverage than the Perfecting Skin Tint. I'm so self conscious about my dark circles and although this doesn't cover them completely, which you'll be able to see in the photos below, I use it in conjunction with a corrector and it works so well under my eyes because of the flexible formula. If you have dry skin, this would be a great option to try out. It's definitely not a heavy duty concealer for covering angry red blemishes but if you don't need too much coverage it works beautifully as a base and as a concealer and again the formula is thin and buildable. If you tend to get oily throughout the day like me, you'll definitely need to set it with powder as it can move around but it gives such a fresh and dewy finish to the skin that I love. 


The Balm Dot Com is something again I wasn't too pushed about but I decided to pick one up in New York because who can ever have enough lip balms. I opted for the rose scent which is one of six (I really want the Birthday and Cherry too). Let me begin by telling you the first ingredient listed in this is petrolatum (petroleum jelly), Vaseline anyone? It's an ingredient that seems to get a hard time of it, it's considered a cheap filler ingredient that doesn't do anything except form a barrier on the skin. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you're using it for. I don't have a problem with it but if you don't like using Vaseline, you may not like the Balm Dot Com as it does have a similar texture, although it's much more pleasant than Vaseline. It's other ingredients are Castor Seed Oil, Beeswax, Cupuacu Fruit Extract and Rice Bran and Rosemary Leaf Extracts. These ingredients, protect the skin, act as an emollient, give long lasting moisture and are anti-oxidants. As you can see from the tube above, I've used this a lot. I love the texture and the scent and the tube is so handy to bring out in my handbag. I've used it almost every day since I bought it. I like using it before applying lipstick because it locks moisture into my lips. I'd definitely repurchase it, but like I said I want to try some of the other scents even thought I love the light rose scent of this one. 


Next up was my brows. You already know how much I love Boy Brow, you can read about it in more detail here if you're interested. I'm so happy to have it back in my life, it really is my favourite brow gel/mascara I've ever tried. 

The Cloud Paints are probably my favourite product out of everything I've tried. I have two of the four shades, Puff (a pale bubblegum pink) and Dusk (a warm brown/tan). I bought Puff in New York after agonising over what shade to buy for ages. It's the only blush I've used in the seven months since I got it. So of course I had to order another one. I wasn't sure if Dusk would work on my skin tone but it's actually such a nice neutral once it's blended out. For this look I used it as a kind of contour/bronzer but as you can see it's very light and natural and of course you could build up the intensity of you have a darker skin tone than mine. I used Puff on my cheeks and then I tried it on my eyelids too. I actually really liked the light wash of pale pink on my eyes, I'm sure you could do the same with any of the shades, they could be used on the lips too but I haven't tried it yet. Like with actual tubes of paint, you can mix the shades together too to make your own custom shade. The formula is so light and easy to blend. I usually use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush but you can just as easily use your fingers. They are quite pigmented so a little goes a long way but at the same time it's hard to overdo it. 

I love everything about these, the packaging, the shades, the texture and the finish. I'd love to get the other two shades Beam and Haze. There's currently a Cloud Paint Quad available with all four shades for £45/$55 which would make a lovely Christmas present. 

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The Haloscope is the one thing I really regretted not buying in New York. I swatched all three shades Moonstone, Quartz and Topaz and I didn't think they were pigmented enough to I left without buying one. However since I got back I've seen them being used several times and they look so beautiful on the skin. With the Haloscopes it's more about texture than pigment. It consists of a solid core enriched with coconut oil, castor seed oil and sweet almond oil to moisturise and vitamin E that hydrates the skin and gives dewy finish. The outer circle contains actual crystals of Rose Quartz or Golden Topaz. I find it works best by rubbing your fingers onto the product and then patting along your skin as this warms it up and makes it easier to blend rather than applying it directly onto the skin which can drag it a bit and move your foundation. I love how this adds such a natural, healthy glow to my skin and again, like most other Glossier products, there's no danger of overdoing it and ending up looking like a disco ball. Having swatched all of them I think Topaz would be too dark for my skin tone but I'd love to get Moonstone.

The Haloscopes are £18/$22 but at the moment there is a Haloscope and Boy Brow duo available for £28/$30

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The last two products I used are the Generation G Lipstick in Crush and the Lip Gloss. You might have seen me wearing the lip gloss alone in this post. I was so surprised by how much I liked it. After seeing nothing but matte lips everywhere over the past few years it was nice to get back into glossy lips. A glossy finish is so flattering and makes your lips look much more full. You could use a liner all over your lips first if you want to reshape and add fullness. I didn't want to apply it directly from the tube because it would discolour it so I applied it onto the back of my hand and then used a lip brush to apply it on top of the lipstick. You could do this with any lipstick, including a matte to completely change the look of it. There's something so glamorous about glossy lips, particularly for a night out or a party look. The Generation G lipsticks were not something that appealed to me at all at first, which is unusual because with any new brand I'm always drawn to their lip products first. I ended up getting it as part of one of the sets, as I was already buying two of the products in the set, the lipstick only cost me an extra $2 so I figured I might as well try it. 

They are a sheer matte finish and come in six shades. I got the shade Crush which is described as a hot raspberry pink. I was going to get Zip which is the red and probably the most pigmented of all the lipsticks. I wouldn't really be bothered with the three lighter shades because my lips are quite pigmented I don't think they'd show up much on my lips but the three darker shades Crush, Zip and Jam are perfect for anyone who wants fuss free lip products. I definitely still want to get Zip as I think it would be a great everyday low maintenance red that I could wear in work without having to worry about it. I like the sheer matte formula however the only problem is that it's very unforgiving so if your lips are dry at all it will stick to the dry patches and emphasise them. Once your lips are exfoliated and hydrated there is no problem at all applying them. The one negative thing about the one I got and I don't know if all of them are like this but I found the actual bullet to be quite flimsy and mine actually broke so now I can only twist it up slightly to apply it because otherwise it falls out of the tube so that's something to keep in mind when you're applying it. I find the combination of a sheer colour with gloss a lot more wearable for daytime than a full on pigmented gloss so I love the combination of these two but I can't wait to buy Zip and wear that with the gloss.

The two are currently available in a duo set for $26/£20. You can buy the lipstick alone for $18/£14 and the lip gloss for $14/£11. 

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L-R Perfecting Skin Tint in Light, Stretch Concealer in Light, Haloscope in Quartz, Boy Brow in Brown, Cloud Paint in Puff, Cloud Paint in Dusk, Generation G lipstick in Crush, Lip Gloss, Rose Balm Dot Com


I think this post is a bit more valuable now that the hype has died down somewhat. I didn't want to get caught up in being one of the hundreds of bloggers writing about Glossier just as it launched in the UK despite having most of these products since April. Now that I've owned and used them for a long time I'm definitely still a firm fan of the brand. The way they have marketed themselves and grown as a brand over the last few years is something that has impressed me and I'm happy to support because I feel like it's such a refreshing brand in the beauty world. I don't like all of their products that I've tried, but there isn't any brand in the world that have a range of products that everyone will try and like. I didn't find the Super Glow did much for my skin at all and I thought for 15ml of product it was overpriced. I do however think the other products I've tried are reasonably priced and I was happy to see that the UK conversion was very close to their USD equivalent.

I still want to try the Wowder, the body products, the sunscreen, the priming moisturiser and the masks. I'm also dying to buy their new fragrance Glossier You. I got a sample of it with my last order and I absolutely love it.

I'm very interested to see where they go in the future and what products they decide to release next as they have no mascara or eyeshadows in the range yet.

Have you tried Glossier yet? Would you like to or is the brand just not for you?

Emma x

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Well In The Garden- Cliff At Lyons Hotel

A couple of weeks ago I was very kindly invited to the Cliff at Lyons hotel in Celbridge to have a look at their new wellness spa, The Well in the Garden. The hotel is comprised of a number of historic stone buildings that include a mill, a cookery school, meeting rooms, apartments, cottages, restaurants and the tiniest chapel you've ever seen. Among these buildings is the newly renovated Carriage House which has now been transformed into a beautiful, tranquil space where you can receive a number nourishing and relaxing, botanical inspired treatments.

The photos don't even begin to do this place justice. We arrived in Cliff at Lyons on one of the most dreary days we've had so far this Autumn, it was dull and raining and yet as soon as the bus drove through the gates we were all gasping at the stunning grounds of the hotel. We began with a tour by the lovely hotel staff who told us about the history of the hotel and brought us into all of the buildings and different areas to show us how much there is on offer. The apparently have a lot of weddings throughout the year and I can totally see why as this location is unlike any Irish wedding location I've ever been to. 

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They offer some one of a kind treatments which include Peat for the Feet, Hug of the Hands Massage and a Hot Towel Head and Scalp Ritual all of which you can read about in the photos below. Something that I really loved and is a unique selling point of The Well in the Garden is that all of the products used in the treatments are made from 100% natural ingredients including Irish peat, carrageen moss and hand-crushed herbs from the garden on the grounds of the hotel. There are also three different combinations of oils to choose from during your massage, the De-Stress with Calendula and Bergamot Serenity Oil, the Deep Tissue with Rosemary and Cedar Muscle Relax Oil and the Mother to be Super Seed Massage Oil, all of which smell incredible.

I had a half hour back massage and exfoliating treatment. This was my first ever massage so I wasn't sure what to expect and didn't have anything to compare it to, but seeing everyone come back from their treatments looking so relaxed got me excited for my turn. The treatment room was so cosy with dim light, candles and relaxing music. My masseuse, Niamh, was so friendly and professional but made me feel completely comfortable. She asked if I had any particular concerns with my back so I told her I suffer with sciatic pain from heavy lifting in work. She also asked what kind of pressure I wanted and I said it was my first massage so I'd leave it up to her and she said if it was too hard to let her know. She used an exfoliating treatment, hot towels and brushes and then massaged my back, shoulders, arms and neck. It was such a completely relaxing experience, I honestly could have fallen asleep. I could have easily stayed there for another half hour (or more).

As the treatments were running late on the day (because the masseuses wanted to give each of us a thorough treatment), we were kindly treated to a meal in the Trellis restaurant. I had the cod which was so delicious and the prices were very reasonable. You can also avail of their Afternoon Tea which is €30 per person midweek and €35 on a Sunday or their Sunday lunch which is €40 for a three course meal, the menus for both had me salivating. Both are served in the Orangery which is pictured above and is the most gorgeous, bright room with beautiful views of the grounds.

As well as the treatments I've already mentioned, you can take part in Yoga and Meditation and there are also wellness treatments for mothers to be and people living with cancer.

I was so blown away by the Cliff at Lyons that I felt compelled to share my experience. I had no idea this place existed and less than an hour outside Dublin. If you're planning a wedding or a party or event I would highly recommend checking out their website to discover more. I definitely want to make a return visit and stay overnight to properly enjoy the gorgeous grounds (and maybe partake in Afternoon Tea). It could also be a really nice gift idea with Christmas coming up to treat someone to Afternoon Tea or a treatment in the spa. I'm all about giving people experiences rather than things (as much as I love makeup) there's nothing more special than giving someone your time and a shared memory, as completely cheesy as that sounds.

So what do you think? Have you visited the Cliff at Lyons or does it appeal to you?

Emma x

Monday, October 16, 2017

What I've Been Loving Recently #5

So it's been about six weeks since my last WIBLR and once again I have a lot of recommendations for you all. I've been watching a lot of tv shows and movies and they weren't all amazing but these are the ones that I loved (or really liked).

I had heard about Ozark a few months before it was released on Netflix and at first it didn't interest me, but then I watched the trailer and it made me very excited to start watching it. In short, it's about a guy called Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) who launders money for the Mexican cartel and has to relocate his family to the Ozark lakes in Missouri after his business partner gets into debt with them. The cast is excellent with Laura Linney playing Marty's wife, Julia Garner who plays Ruth Langmore is amazing as is Jason Butler Harner who plays FBI Agent Roy Petty and Peter Mullan as usual is incredible as the local crime lord who comes up against Marty.

After a slow pace to begin with, this is definitely one of those shows that once you get into it, you'll want to binge watch it. It's been compared to Breaking Bad I suppose for the anti-hero, ordinary family guy turned criminal aspect but it's very different although just as gripping. Having said that if you were a fan of Breaking Bad this might fill that void for you. I enjoyed seeing Jason Bateman playing a darker character but part of me will always just see him as Michael Bluth (there's definitely some Michael Bluth in Marty Byrde too). It's been picked up for a second season and I'm definitely excited to see what happens next in the story.


The film Wet Hot American Summer was was released in 2001 and has since become a cult classic amongst its fans. It's one of those absolutely polarising films that you will either love or hate (I can see how it might not be a lot of peoples sense of humour). It's ridiculous and wacky and I adore it. I've watched it countless times and so when I heard David Wain and Michael Showalter were making a prequel for Netflix in 2015 I was delighted. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the second follow up to the film but this time its set ten years later. Most of the original cast returned including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Janeane Garofalo as well as Adam Scott, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman and Kristen Wiig. Obviously if you haven't seen the film there's no point in watching this but I encourage anyone who likes any of the above actors to watch it. David Wain who co-wrote the film with Michael Showalter and directed it also made Role Models and Wanderlust so if you liked the kind of humour in those films, you might like this. 

Bojack Horseman is something I used to see all the time on the Netflix suggestions and having one of my favourite comedic actors as the voice of the main character (Will Arnett) made me want to watch it but for some reason I never gave it a go. My boyfriend started to watch it and it happened to be on in the background a few times and I found myself paying attention and laughing so I started watching it with him and now I'm obsessed. We're currently on the fourth season which is the most recent and I'm definitely going to go back and watch it from the beginning as I missed most of the first season. To give you an idea of what it's like, the picture below is of one of the main characters Princess Caroline who is voiced by the hilarious Amy Sedaris, with her boyfriend Vincent Adultman who is not a man but rather three kids sitting on each other's shoulders in a trench coat pretending to be a man. It's a hilarious yet dark (sometimes very dark) show that has lots of amazing guest voice actors as well as the main cast of Aaron Paul, Paul F. Tompkins and Alison Brie. 

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Difficult People is now in its third season and again this will be a love or hate show. If you've watched Parks and Recreation or the latest American Horror Story you might recognise Billy Eichner (also if you haven't seen his show Billy on the Streets it's so funny) and along with Julie Klausner they play Billy and Julie, two best friends living in New York and trying (and failing terribly) to make it in show business. They're annoyed by everyone except each other which I'm sure a lot of people can relate to. It's well written and has a great support cast who are equally funny. This third season was probably my least favourite out of the three so far but its a show I'd definitely watch all over again. 


I've been looking forward to watching The Deuce since I first heard about it earlier this year. It has everything I love, New York, the seventies, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco and it's on HBO. It's not for the faint of heart as it does have graphic scenes of sex and violence but after only five episodes this has quickly become one of the best television programmes I've seen in a long time. Like I've already mentioned it's set in New York in the 1970s in the area around Times Square and explores the lives of the sex workers in the area as well as the legalisation and rise of the porn industry. James Franco plays Vincent and Frankie Martino who begin working as a front for the mob. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a struggling sex worker who develops an interest in working in the porn industry as a means to make more money to support her young son. The Deuce was created by the guys behind The Wire so if you've watched that you might be interested in this. 


When I saw the trailer for Logan Lucky I was so excited to watch it. As a big Steven Soderbergh fan (I think most people are) I was hoping this wouldn't disappoint and thankfully it didn't. First of all I loved the cast. Channing Tatum is so damn funny. Daniel Craig was ridiculous and amazing. Adam Driver I'd watch in anything, he's an incredible actor and Riley Keogh was so funny and completely on par with the boys. Also, Irish actor Brian Gleeson and Jack Quaid (yes, that's Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid's son!) played the brothers of Daniel Craig's character and were both hilarious. It's basically Ocean's Eleven set in North Carolina. Watch it for the accents alone. 


Was anyone else obsessed with the 1990 version of IT starring Tim Curry and Ray from Sister Sister? Just me then! I remember first watching the 192 minute two part miniseries when I was probably far too young to be watching something about a demented clown who tortures and kills children. I actually owned a VHS of it and I'm pretty sure it's still somewhere in my parents house. My sister and my friends and I would watch it at sleepovers and terrify each other throughout the viewing by making noises and jumping out at each other. I was terrified of clowns as a child and it didn't help that my aunt was obsessed with them and had clown paintings and figurines all over her house which didn't exactly make me excited about visiting her. The sight of Tim Curry as Pennywise still gives me chills, that one scene where he appears behind the sheets on the washing line in the garden haunts me. That being said, it is quite a cheesy film so I was very curious to see how the reimagining would compare to the miniseries.

I wasn't overly excited to see it which was probably a good thing because my expectations weren't too high and therefore I was left pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I liked how it was set in the eighties and had that nostalgic feeling, like with Stranger Things or films I watched as a kid like The Goonies. The actors were all amazing, the casting was perfect. However I wasn't that impressed with the actual clown. I think it's just the CG effects I don't really like, the original film was terrifying because Tim Curry looked so real as the clown whereas the effects in this new one just distracted me and took me out of the realistic world they created. I'm very interested to see the sequel and who they cast to play the adults. I don't know how much it's going to differ from the book as I never finished it because it's so damn long and boring, so if you did manage to read it let me know what you thought of this adaptation. 


Mother! is yet another film that will divide people. If you don't like Darren Aronofsky's other film's chances are, this won't be for you, but if you liked Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream or The Wrestler then definitely check this out. I chatted with a few people about this after I watched it and I did find there was something lacking in it for me, I couldn't quite put my finger on it although I did enjoy it. I love that his films really engage you in the main character and the way it was shot I found myself getting more and more frustrated the way Jennifer Lawrence's character did. I loved her performance (apart from her wig which was a bit distracting) and I am so excited to see Michelle Pfeiffer on the big screen again, she was incredible as she is in everything she stars in. If you're in any way faint of heart, you might want to give this a miss because without giving anything away, the last half an hour or so or the film builds into quite disturbing and difficult to watch scenes that left me feeling very uneasy. However to me, that's the mark of a great filmmaker, to engage his or her audience and make them feel something intense. 


Finally, my music recommendation is the collaboration between Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. I'm a big Kurt Vile fan and I knew of Courtney Barnett but hadn't ever really listened to her music. Their album has only just been released but I've been listening to the few songs I'd heard over and over again and I'm loving the combination of these two incredibly talented people. I'm looking forward to giving the album a proper listen and hoping I get to see them perform it live. 


So those are my recent recommendations. I've just started Mindhunter on Netflix and I already love it so I'll be featuring that in my next post as well as Blade Runner 2049 which I saw last week. If there's anything you loved recently whether it's a film or tv show or music, please tell me because I'm always looking for new things to get into and let me know if you've watched any of these and what you thought.

Emma x

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Sun Cuts Like A Knife To Shine

It's been a while since I've written anything style related here, I seem to have skipped most of the Summer and gone straight to Autumn which is fine by me. The basic bitch that I am, I look forward to Autumn every year. I love the weather, the darker makeup, layering my clothes again etc. I've bought a few things over the past few weeks that I'm looking forward to wearing once the weather gets a bit colder and it seems to be going that way faster than I had anticipated. 

We went for a wander around town at the weekend and stopped off at one of my favourite locations, Dublin Castle to enjoy a coffee in the sun and we took some photos while we were there. The weather was quite mild that day so it busy in the park and having not taken outfit photos in a while I was a bit anxious at first and the staring tourists didn't help things. I suppose you can't blame people for wondering what you're doing taking your coat off and posing on the steps when they're trying to get past you, but thankfully everyone was friendly and thought it was funny and even joked about being in the photos with me. It's something that even after seven years of blogging, still makes me uncomfortable. No matter how many times I take outfit photos, if there's people around I freeze up and panic and have to stop which probably seems like the weirdest contradiction because I post said photos online for anyone to see. I still feel weird when someone I know tells me they read my blog, even if they say they like it, it's just a confirmation that I'm not in fact sending this off out into cyberspace and no one sees it which is what happens in my head. I don't know where that tangent came from but suffice to say, things are not always as they seem in the world of social media, who'd have thought!? 

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Coat- Marks and Spencer (similar here, here and here)
Shirt- New Look (similar here and here)
Trousers- New Look (similar here, here and here)
Boots- Penneys/ Primark (similar here, here and here)
Scarf- Vintage (similar here, here and here)
Earrings- Marks and Spencer
Ring- Vintage (it was my grandmother's)
Makeup- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette and Clinique Nude Pop lipstick

I've been having a bit of a seventies inspired moment lately. An era I thought just wasn't for me (style wise) now seems to be giving me lots of inspiration. It could be all the seventies music and film I've been listening to and watching lately or just an unconscious absorption of all of the trends that have been prevalent on social media over the past few months. There's definitely some strong David Bowie Ziggy Stardust era inspiration happening with the gold hoops and neck scarf. I also kind of felt like a seventies newscaster but with a disco twist in the form of the silver lurex sock boots.

These boots were everywhere last year, Zara and Topshop had them and you can find very similar ones from River Island and & Other Stories as well as a few others I have linked above. I loved the Zara ones last year but I didn't buy them so when I saw these ones in Penneys for only €15 I bought them straight away.

I saw this trench on Lily Pebbles a few months ago and I had to have it. It's cotton but still heavy so it's perfect for Autumn and I love that it's a different colour to the usual trench coat. It's sadly unavailable now, but again I've linked some similar items above in case anyone likes it.

As you can see, I'm still loving the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, you can read more of my thoughts on it and see it in action in this post.

I'm hoping I won't leave it so long between style posts in future as I love putting them together despite my anxiety over posing in public. I'll have a What I've Been Loving Recently post next, it's been a while since the last one and I have lots of film, Tv and music recommendations to share with you all.

Until then, leave me a comment and tell me how you're doing!

Emma x

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